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Friday, October 19, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 4:35 pm

We all realize that nothing is really free in today’s world, yet we all look for free stuff all the time. Well, maybe we were partially wrong when we said “nothing is free”, because you can get a free, or at least a cheaper copy of PowerPoint and Microsoft Office. When we say free or cheap, we do not refer to bootlegged copies, but genuine, original software. Here are some options for you to get a free or cheaper copy of PowerPoint

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 2:14 pm

PowerPoint enables you to use its repertoire of Shapes to create some amazing artwork. Further, the Merge Shape commands allow you to create complex shapes by merging several simple shapes. Additionally, these options also let you convert your text to shapes so that you can see the text even on a computer that does not have a particular font installed.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:12 am

PowerPoint has several features that may amaze you, but there’s nothing quite like what we will explore on this page — an option to convert regular text into a shape. First of all, this is an undocumented feature. And then, this is such an utterly useful option — people find all sorts of excuses to use this feature. For example, you can now easily create logos in PowerPoint without using any other application. Or use a fancy font and then share that presentation with others in the knowledge that recipients can see the font exactly as intended, even if it’s not installed on their computers.

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Friday, October 12, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 2:31 pm

Sometimes you want your Text Box to be placed in an exact position on your slide. Yes, you can select a Text Box and move it around by dragging it with your mouse, and then let it go wherever you want it placed. However, for all practical reasons this process is just visual and not accurate enough. Thankfully, PowerPoint provides a way to accurately position any Text Box just where you want it located.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:58 pm

When you start creating a new presentation, many users just launch PowerPoint and start creating their slides. Actually, there are three common ways in which you can create slides. Yet, the best way to start creating presentation slides is not from within PowerPoint but by creating an outline in another program. Many purists say that you should not even launch PowerPoint until you have an outline in place.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 1:36 pm

Have you ever wanted to use PowerPoint as a graphic program to create posters, web-banner ads, YouTube cover art, etc.? You will then have run into some limitations, especially when you tried to export a PowerPoint slide to a picture with exact size dimensions. In this tutorial, we will explore how a small improvement that Microsoft added in PowerPoint 2013 and newer versions is providing significant returns.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 10:00 am

PowerPoint defaults to widescreen slides in all new presentations. However, you can change your presentation’s aspect ratio from Widescreen (16:9) to Standard (4:3), and also do the reverse. PowerPoint has some features up its sleeve that make these changes of aspect ratios easier to understand, and some quirks too! These tutorial will help you understand both scenarios better.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:20 am

Shapes in PowerPoint are very useful in representing design or content, or in showing a process or a sequence. However, when you create a slide that has many such shapes, you’ll find that most of your shapes may be the same size and may also share other similar attributes. Yes, you can go ahead and insert the same shape repeatedly, but that will consume much of your productive time that you could have used elsewhere! There are quicker alternatives for duplicating shapes in PowerPoint.

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Monday, September 24, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 4:33 pm

Once a picture is inserted within PowerPoint, any manipulations you make to that picture are strictly only on the surface. The appearance of the picture changes on the slide, but the unaltered picture is stored within your PowerPoint presentation. This is an awesome feature because if you make many changes to a picture and then regret experimenting, you can just reset your picture rather than starting all over again! There’s one caveat, though. The option to reset any picture back to its original form works only if you have not run any compression options for pictures within your presentation.

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Friday, September 21, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:22 am

This tutorial is about moving text boxes rather than text placeholders. Typically text placeholders for regular text content or even slide titles are located in the same position on successive slides – so if you really do need to move a text placeholder, do it within the Slide Master so that this change of position happens on all slides, providing a consistent look to your presentation. This will also prevent you from repeatedly moving the placeholders on each and every slide on your presentation. Now that you are more aware of why you should not move text placeholders, let us explore some techniques to move both text placeholders and text boxes!

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